There are subtle differences between these two finishes as illustrated in the images which show both colours alongside each other. The beeswax finish on the right is a natural wax that is applied to the metal as soon as it is forged, while the iron is still hot. Once cool, it gives the metal a hardwearing, protective coating yet has no colour and makes the metal’s finish look like an inky, gun metal grey. The result is a piece of ironwork with a very dark, luxurious ‘sheen’. It allows the natural colour and grain of the metal to stand out and caring for it’s needs is easy by dusting it from time to time. Beeswax is non-toxic and is completely environmentally friendly. It is our personal choice of finish and was always the traditional way to coat metal before paint became available.
Our matt black finish on the left above is an all over paint. Once applied it has a consistent coat that will wear well and keeps its colour. It can be wiped clean with a damp sponge and is more suitable than beeswax in a humid area. The paint covers the iron completely giving it a uniform, slick appearance and looks incredibly smart framing a window or on any piece of ironwork. There are however environmental concerns regarding the use of this sort of paint because of the VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) which are now known to be damaging to the environment so we have highlighted this. We aim to be completely transparent regarding our products’ credentials.
It is well known that black never goes out of style but which shade is always the most pressing question. That’s your choice and we hope these pictures and information about them both have helped you decide.